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  • Newport Cafés

    The Melbourne suburb of Newport is noted for its access to facilities that support lifestyle and family but it also has some awesome places for a late brunch or full on lunch. So in between hunting for your next investment, try one of these great cafés.

    Leroy’s Café

    This is a great café for any time of day but our lunch was simply fantastic. Everyone was happy with their order but the Le’ Royale was th... Read More

  • 5 tips so you can move like a pro

    Moving into a new house, whether as owner or tenant is exciting… except when you have to consider the move. Moving is a time consuming and stressful job – but here’s some tips that might make the job a little easier.

    Don’t take it if you don’t need it

    Moving is a great opportunity to clear out the unused soup tureen your grandmother gave you when you moved out the first time (and you still haven’t made soup). It’s also a chance to discard, donate or sell off those items ... Read More

  • Frankston Gyms

    Frankston is a great place to invest or live; as ‘gateway to the Peninsula’, it has a lot to offer in terms of leisure and lifestyle. Those aiming for a healthy lifestyle are certainly catered for in Frankston – here are some of the places you can maintain health and fitness in Frankston.

    EFM Health Clubs 161 McMahons Rd, Frankston VIC

    The trainers here are popular for the variety they offer in their pr... Read More

  • Buyers' Market

    The peak for the Melbourne property market was November in 2017. Since then, the annual decline has been -10.3% (CoreLogic). Of course, as with any statistic, it is important to realise that there is always more to the story, as the Melbourne property market is not made up of one thing. For example, detached houses have fallen by 9% more than apartments, and this despite the fact that there are more apartments available than houses. This probably reflects the affordability of apartment compared to houses and that the buyers are purchasing their first homes, utilising the incentives provid... Read More

  • Are we there yet?

    No one sets out to pay the highest price for a property and with Australian house prices dropping over the past year or so, everyone is looking for the bottom of the market – the time when house prices will be the lowest. There is some indication that we might just have reached this part of the market cycle.

    Making accurate predictions about the property market is difficult at any time, but in this cycle is made harder because, unlike other market downturns, this current market is associated with a tightening of credit. Recent figures... Read More

  • Essendon Restaurants

    We regularly rate and write about the cafés we visit for lunch and breakfast so we thought we give equal time to some of our favourite dining spots. These are all from Essendon and underline the diversity of the cuisine available in our suburbs.

    Bapuri, 349 Keilor Rd, Essendon

    Can’t beat this for quality Korean. A menu of classic dishes created with value in mind. There are a number of set dishes or dishes for two to share and if you enjoy spicy the menu also has y... Read More

  • Buying Your First Home

    With speculation that interest rates may be lowered in May, it might be the right time for you to consider purchasing property. If you are a first time buyer, the process of buying may seem scary, and there will be lots of new terms to learn that initially may sound strange (check out our helpful glossary here).

    One of the key concerns for a first time buyer will be finances, and the first consideration here will be the deposit. Saving a deposit can take a long time and it certai... Read More

  • Heidelberg Cafes

    Located around 12km north-east of Melbourne CDB, Heidelberg has some fantastic cafés well worth the visit. Here’s our three favourites on Burgundy Street.

    The Train Yard, 184 Burgundy St, Heidelberg VIC

    Colleagues rave about this venue as a place for an end of week drink (they have live music on a Friday night) and it is also a great lunch venue, but at the moment The Train Yard is my go t... Read More

  • Dog friendly Moorabbin

    Those of us who have furry members of the family know the pleasure of a relaxed Saturday morning coffee with a pupaccino or waterbowl for the dog. Knowing the cafés in the area that are pet-friendly is a must when you own a dog; here are a few in Moorabbin.

    Chameleon Junction, 4 Station St, Moorabbin

    Sitting opposite the Moorabbin Station, this is a popular place for everyone, not just pet owners. Tables are set up outside so you and pooch can get comfortable and the... Read More

  • Buying at auction

    Property auctions is Australia have certainly gone through some changes over the last twelve months and the data suggests that rate of sale at auction has dropped. Despite this, auctions are still a key way Australians buy houses, so here are some simple tips to help you navigate the process.

    The most important thing about buying at auction is not getting caught up in the emotion of it all. An auction is exciting and nerve-wracking and it is easy to spend more than you intended. Before the auction you need to have a specific plan of att... Read More

  • Taking the bias out of investment

    When you are looking to invest in property, it is important to leave emotions out of the decision making. It’s also important to acknowledge that, like every one of us, you will have inbuilt biases that can also affect our decision making.

    One of the key biases that exists for most of us is the effort we go to maintain the status quo – change is not something that is easy for many of us. When it comes to property investment, this can impact the locations you look at or the type of property you prefer. If your biases are based on whe... Read More

  • Mornington Parks

    As gateway to the Peninsula, Mornington has a great deal to offer. It’s not just a place to pass through though; there’s many reasons to stop and enjoy what there is on offer. Here’s some of our favourite places in Mornington for recreation.

    Pine Avenue Reserve, 36 Mariners Retreat,  Mornington

    This is a great place to start – especially for the furry member of your family. This park is securely fenced and allows dogs off leash. It’s a great venue for playi... Read More

  • Which Suburb Should You Choose?

    What makes us choose one item over another? Take our fascination with phones for example. A colleague of mine will only buy Apple products and has done so since the first iPhone way back in 2007. Others in my office have all manner of phones, Samsung, Huawei and even Google and from all accounts these phones are cheaper, have more features and are even better quality than the equivalent Apple product. Now before you start thinking this is an ad for Apple, my point is simply that sometimes we have one idea in our heads and we stick to it, despite other information that may come along or th... Read More

  • Werribee Attractions

    Werribee isn’t just a great place to live or invest. The suburb boasts a number of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations. So, in between checking out you next investment property, take time out to check one of these great attractions.

    Werribee Open Range Zoo, K Rd, Werribee South

    This offers a totally unique zoo experience and at times can almost seem like a real safari as the zoo ... Read More

  • Buying property – what NOT to do

    There’s plenty of people and lists that will tell you what to do when buying investment property – well, here’s a list of things you should try to AVOID.

    Getting emotionally involved

    Investing in property is best done with the head – not the heart. Look at the facts and figures not that the kitchen would be the perfect place for you to make your grandmother’s salsa recipe. You need to consider the rental yields in the area. You need to make sure of the tenancy rates. Look at... Read More

  • Great places to eat in Reservoir

    Café culture is not exclusive to any one suburb in Melbourne and it doesn’t seem to matter which suburb we look in, we can always find a great place for breakfast, brunch, lunch or coffee. Here’s our favourites from Reservoir.

    Lady Bower, 1A Marchant Ave, Reservoir

    Lady Bower is known its friendly welcome and considerate touches. From a water bowl for the furry members of the family to change tables with nappies for the baby, this café goes out of its way to mak... Read More

  • Coburg

    Coburg is one of Melbourne’s older suburbs and as such it has a rich history. Known for its cultural diversity, there’s a number of attractions that make it a great place to visit (before making the choice to invest).

    Pentridge Prison

    OK, so you probably wouldn’t expect a prison to be at the top of the things to do list, but the history of Coburg is very much tied to the prison. Origina... Read More

  • Buying Investment Property

    Unless you have been under a self-imposed media ban for the past 12 months, you will have noticed changes to the Melbourne real estate market and the way it is being discussed. Those of you are regular visitors to our posts will know that this is just an indication that the Melbourne market is moving into a different part of a continuous property cycle. For those who may be thinking it’s not time to jump into the market, then perhaps a different option might be more appealing.

    Buying property doesn’t necessarily require you to make ... Read More

  • Pascoe Vale Cafes

    Not just a great place to live, Pascoe Vale also has some great places to eat – especially for an awesome breakfast before the commute to the city. These are three of our favourites…

    Jack & Daisy

    Love the name, love the café. The menu is a great variety and having eaten there on many occasions, nothing has ever disappointed. One of those cafés that makes you feel cheery just by walk... Read More

  • Saving Space

    Lots of Melbournians have swapped the suburban block for a cosy apartment. There’s lots of reasons for this: price point, lifestyle choices and proximity to essential services and utilities. If you are one of the many, many apartment dwellers you might benefit from these tips on how to make the most of the smaller space.

    • Colour can matter

    The right colour in a small room can immediately create an impression of more space.... Read More

  • Getting it right in the bedroom

    Did you know that humans spend one third of their life asleep? In fact, the average life span includes 27 years of sleeping! Of course, some of these hours are accounted for when we are babies and teenagers when sleep is essential to the growth process, but regardless sleep is essential for us to stay healthy and happy humans.

    For this reason, it’s a good idea to think about the environment in which you sleep and make some choices that ensure your bedroom is the perfect place to encourage good sleeping habits.

    Why use a Property Short Listing Service

    When it comes to investing in real estate there are plenty of people who will happily give you advice. Some of this advice may be valuable but much of it will not be informed by market knowledge or experience. It will not be based on the understanding that is required to assist you in making your way through what can be a complicated and costly process.

    A good Property Short Listing Service will first establish your property investment goals to get an understanding of the reason for your investment as this may influence where the proper... Read More

  • Point Cook Parks

    Point Cook has a lot going for it. With a great location, close to the city and the bay, it’s the perfect spot for a day trip, and who knows? Once you see it and what it has to offer, it might make the perfect place for a relocation. Here’s a few places that might take you to Point Cook for a visit.

    Point Cook Coastal Park

    Located on Point Cook Homestead Road, this is a great place for the whole family. Walks along the sand, safe swimming, playgrounds and BBQs mak... Read More

  • How much do I need to buy a property, Part 2

    How much do I need to buy a property, Part 2

    Recently, we looked at the importance of the initial deposit to buying a property, but there are other costs that will impact.

    There are a number of upfront fees that are charged on the establishment of a property loan. These generally depend on the financial institution you use and whether you have a long term relationship with that institution. These costs can include valuation fees and document preparation. Regardless of... Read More

  • How much do I need to buy a property?

    One of the key things you need to know before investing in property is the amount of money you will need. Much of this will be dependent on your own situation – the actual property you are looking at or the suburbs you have selected. That said, there are other considerations that will impact anyone looking to invest. This is the first of two posts that will look at initial costs of property purchase.

    The first thing to consider is how much you are providing for the initial deposit. This is very important because the larger the deposit... Read More

  • Great cafés in Doreen

    We have written elsewhere how wonderfully family friendly Doreen can be, but there’s a lot more to like about this suburb. Here’s just a few more reasons …

    Magnolia on Orchard

    This is a real hidden gem – in fact some of the people in Doreen I spoke to weren’t sure they had visited this café, which in our opinion is a big mistake. Tucked away on the corner ... Read More

  • Do you need a property manager?

    Buying property is a popular way of investing for the future, but once you have purchased an investment property there is still work to be done. One of the key things you will want to ensure is that your property is tenanted with regularity. The cost of an empty rental can seriously impact the value of the investment, especially to immediate cash flow.

    For this reason, many people choose to use the services of a professional property manager rather than being landlord themselves. Here are some of the key reasons:

    Three simple ways to freshen up the kitchen

    It’s often said that bathrooms and kitchens sell the house, but anyone who has had renovations done recently will also know that renovating these two rooms can be very expensive. Here’s some simple ways to give the kitchen in your house a lift that won’t break your budget and you might think about doing yourself.

    1. Cupboards

    There a number of ways you can change the whole look of a kitchen by altering the cupboards. You can change the fronts completely – from o... Read More

  • Playgrounds in Mentone

    One of the reasons Melbourne continually tops lists of ‘the most liveable cities’ is the opportunity we have to enjoy the outdoors. Every suburb has a range of outdoor spaces that makes spending time outdoors, whether with or without children, easy and enjoyable.

    Mentone is fortunate enough to be beachside, so a walk along the sands is a great way to get outdoors. For those who are not beach-lovers or for when the weather is not ideal for the beach, these ... Read More

  • The Bank Of Mum And Dad

    Making the first step on the property ladder seems more and more daunting. For many young people just setting out, the idea of the great Australian property dream seems just that – a dream. There are initiatives to help first home buyers but even then a first purchase seems a long road to hoe. This is where many are heading to the bank of Mum and Dad.

    Research in 2018 (Data Finance Analytics) placed the Bank of Mum and Dad as Australia’s 10th biggest lender. They also report that of first time property purchasers, 55% say... Read More

  • Wonderful beach & Coffee – life’s perfect in Seaford.

    Wonderful beach & Coffee – life’s perfect in Seaford.

    Having lived in Seaford in the late 80’s, it was a nice surprise on returning recently to see the development of the suburb. I always thought the Seaford beach was the best Melbourne suburban beach by far and a real hidden gem – Friday night fish and chips with the family was only ever crowded by seagulls, and now I find there’s also some first class cafés serving great food a... Read More

  • Make a rental feel like home

    Perhaps it’s because a number of us now have children old enough to have moved out of home into rental properties that our lunchtime conversations turned to the days when we were renting ourselves. A major theme of the discussion was how difficult it was to make your own stamp on the house / apartment without painting or drilling or any other major work. This is our list of the best ways we found to make our rental property feel more like ‘our home’.

    Move the garden inside

    Brunswick Cafe Scene

    Brunswick has long had a reputation for being ahead of the game in terms of cultural diversity and it has been a mecca for foodies for decades. Styles change and the nationalities shift, but Brunswick still has some of the finest eateries in Melbourne. Here’s a few of our favourites.

    Code Black

    This bustling café is highly regarded for its friendly and efficient service. The menu offers a ... Read More

  • Colour your world

    Whether you are living in a Niddrie apartment or a Mentone townhouse, every residence can benefit from the addition of a bit of colour. They say a change’s as good as a holiday, and a simple spruce up of your home can be the holiday you and your home need. It’s also a great way of shaking off all the cooler weather and getting ready for the party atmosphere of summer. Here’s some ideas to help you keep up with the latest trends.Read More

  • Keep your home safe over the summer break

    Now that summer is upon us, many will be thinking about an extended break, a trip to the beach house or maybe a holiday interstate or overseas. Getting away over the summer is a big part of Australian tradition, but unfortunately the number of break in s and thefts from property rises at this time. Thieves know there will be an influx of new ‘toys’ for Christmas, making theft an even more attractive proposition. Here are some simple things you can do to help keep your home safe if you are heading away over the summer.

    A little help from your friends: A neighbou... Read More

  • Becoming part of a Community, pt. 2

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    Becoming part of a Community, pt. 2

    A recent post explored some of the features people look for when wanting to buy into a community rather than just buy a house. This continues that exploration by looking at the importance of parkland to building community and the ‘... Read More

  • Becoming Part Of A Community

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    A recent post on our blog looked at the change in Australian neighbourhoods – high population density creates different communities to the ones in which our parents and grandparents were raised. For many reasons, including work schedules and apartment living, people now find d... Read More
  • Bathrooms

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    Bathrooms can be the most important room when it comes to sale but at times, this ‘smallest room in the house’ can be difficult to work with. They can be cramped with layouts determined by plumbing and little natural light. Whether it’s your ensuite or your apartment bathroom, here’... Read More

  • Neighbours

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    Working in real estate means meeting lots of people who tell you about their property and their property dreams. Those that tell you about their property often refer to their neighbours. Some have unhappy memories but most relate stories of neighbours who are cheerful, friendly and helpful. ... Read More

  • Summer Tips

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    Now the Melbourne Cup has been run and won, we are well and truly on the way to another Australian summer. The early predictions are that this summer is going to be an especially hot one, so here are some simple tips for keeping you, your family and especially your home cooler this summer.<... Read More

  • Cleaning Tips

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    While we are now half way through Spring, it’s not too late to get spring into action for a spot of Spring cleaning! The warmer weather will have you throwing your windows open and inviting friends for weekend barbeques, so here’s some tips for make the whole house sparkle. Or, if you... Read More

  • Make Your Garage An Attraction Too

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    Make your garage an attraction too

      When preparing the house for sale, we often simply focus on the indoor spaces, but the garage can use some loving too, especially if prospective buyers are looking for their very  own ‘man-cave’ or ... Read More

  • Decision

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    Buying a home is a big decision. Whether you are an investor, first home buyer or you are planning an upgrade, it is easy to be overawed when you hit the market. Everyone will give you an opinion – from friends and family to real estate professionals – and some of this may be good advice. Ultimately... Read More
  • Personal Trainer

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    Australians it seems are becoming more and more concerned with diet. Part of this is trends – smashed avocado, anyone? – but it seems that it is also about health. We are becoming more conscious about weight and diet plans and personal trainers are commonplace. My colleagues and I ev... Read More
  • Save money while you are renting

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    Save money while you are renting

    As property prices rose over the last ten years, there was much written about the way in which these prices were forcing many people to a lifetime of tenancy. This year we have seen the property market enter a new phase of the never-... Read More

  • Generation Rent

    Generation Rent
     
    The millennial generation have become known for their love of avocado and their unwillingness to leave the family home. The latter of these two attributes is in part due to the fact they came of age during a growth period in the property cycle, which saw Australian property prices rise and a boom in new u... Read More
  • Moving Tips

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    On a list of the top 10 stressful events in life, moving house comes in at Number 7, sandwiched between financial problems and chronic illness. Yet, all of us will do this at least once in our lives. The good news is; however that there are lots of ways to lessen the stress of a move and make everything eas... Read More
  • Apartment Living

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    The apartment market continues to grow in Melbourne and people are happily trading backyards and mowing lawns for sunny balconies and minimalist spaces. Apartments are more affordable, require less maintenance and generally have lower utility costs. Of course, apartment living does require downsiz... Read More
  • Want to Learn to Invest?

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    You’ve always wanted to invest in real estate, right? The expression isn’t ‘safe as houses’ for no reason. Owning investment property is a great way of securing your future or even helping your children to secure theirs. So, how do you get started? Here’s some great tips to help you.

    One... Read More

  • Investment Planning

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    Many people start out wanting to invest in property so they can reap the benefits of the rental market, but their dreams fall by the way because they simply don’t have a plan. Buying rental property is pretty much like... Read More
  • The Melbourne Property Market

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    Death, taxes and a never-ending property cycle. Three things of which we can be certain. There is much talk in the media about Australia’s cooling property market and while there’s both pessimism than optimism in these views, it is easy to get carried away with the fear-mongering rife in our news cycles. Rememb... Read More
  • Real estate in a cooling market

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    All the signs point to the Melbourne– and, for that matter, the majority of Australia’s capital cities – being in a slow property market. It would appear that the peak of the market was around September last year. This is, of course, just part of a continuing property cycle and like any ... Read More

  • Glossary - Finances

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    Buying property is the biggest investment most people make, so it’s important to understand as much of the process as you can. There are many terms relating to the financial aspects of property purchases that can bamboozle the uninitiated. The list below contains some of the key terms you need to know about b... Read More
  • The Property Cycle

    The Property Cycle
     
    It is key to property investment to understand that the market moves in a cycle. Watching long term, you will notice the cycle lasts for around seven to ten years. Over this time four phases will be evident: a flat stage with no real price rise; a growth stage when prices begin to go up; the peak stag... Read More
  • Parks and city access – investing in Kealba

    Kealba
     
    With a name derived from its two neighbouring suburbs, Keilor and St Albans, Kealba is a small suburb about 15 km from the CBD. Kealba has benefitted from the continued improvement of Melbourne’s freeway network and the city can be reached in around 20 minutes on the tollway. Being a small suburb, Kealba does not ha... Read More
  • Being a Landlord

    Investing in Point Cook
     
    Investing in property is a popular method for planning a financial future and many people have had success in doing this. Of course, an investment property comes with more than financial responsibility. You will need to decide whether you will utilise the services of a property manager or take on the ... Read More
  • While small in size, there’s lots of big things about Niddrie

     
    In an ongoing series of Melbourne suburb profiles, Jeff Grochowski from Accrue Real Estate discusses the lifestyle and property investment potential of Niddrie. While not officially recognised as a suburb until 1994, the area of Niddrie had been settled in the 1870’s and used predominately as farming land. The name ... Read More
  • The most popular place to be: Investing in Point Cook

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    In an ongoing series of Melbourne suburb profiles, Jeff Grochowski from Accrue Real Estate discusses the lifestyle and property investment potential of Point Cook.

    Topping the 2017 list of most popular suburbs for house sales, Point Cook is an outer suburb still growing through land... Read More

  • Family-friendly with breathtaking views: Investing in Doreen

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    In an on-going series of Melbourne suburb profiles, Jeff Grochowski from Accrue Real Estate discusses the lifestyle and property investment potential of Doreen.

    Originally settled in the mid 1800’s, Doreen is surrounded by the foothills of the Yarra Ranges and the lush forested levees ... Read More

  • Property Investment

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    Melbourne continues to be one of Australia’s best performers with regard to property investment, even outdoing traditional rival Sydney. Investors are attracted to a number facets of Melbourne, including its growing population (projected to overtake Sydney by 2030), the number of wor... Read More

  • Starting with a property – but not necessarily a home

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    The Australian dream of owning a home is deeply ingrained into our culture. But like many things in the 21st century this dream is undergoing a shift.

    In the past, people would begin by saving a small deposit for a house, borrowing for the longest possible term kno... Read More

  • Knowing how much money is needed to buy a property is key to investment

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    Knowing how much money to borrow to secure a property is key to investment, but like many of life’s big decisions, there is not a one-size-fits all answer or solution. There’s also a number of aspects to consider – it is not necessarily as straight forward as it might initially appear.Read More

  • Property Management

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    Once you have purchased an investment property, you want to know it is working for you. For it to be an asset and not a liability you need to find a tenant. Of course, you don’t want any tenant. We’ve all seen the Current Affair reports of ‘the tenants from hell’ an... Read More

  • Is property investment for me?

    Property investment continues to be popular in Australia and it is not hard to understand why. A property investment can be a way to financial security in retirement or provide your children with a foothold on the property ladder. But investment also brings with it risks. How do you know if you are in a position to inv... Read More

  • Good reasons for investing in real estate

     

    1. It is a (relatively) safe investment

    No one goes into investment intending to lose money and the well-known phrase ‘safe as houses’ gives voice to the reason property investment is still key to investment strategy. Melbourne propertycontinues to gain value, outperforming traditional rival Sydney and according to research by AMP, Australia... Read More